The prospect of international peace and cooperation hinges on how countries perceive one another. A lack of trust undermines global peace, whereas a friendly attitude can promote cooperation among countries. In international relations, subjective perceptions indirectly determine the objective reality. Despite the significance of subject perception of other countries, however, there is scarce data or research on how Korea and other countries perceive the international community. It is necessary for us to understand and analyze the perception toward other countries of major countries that may affect our national interests, if not to survey scores of countries on their perception of foreign countries like the US does.
The Jeju Peace Institute (JPI) conducted a survey on ordinary Koreans’ perception of peace in 2010 and 2011, but the survey was put on hold due to lack of budget. In 2016, we plan to conduct a survey among a small group of experts, which requires a relatively small amount of budget. First, a group of Korean experts will be surveyed later, the survey will be extended to include groups of experts in neighboring countries.